Palle Eriksson's 1924 Chevrolet

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Hans Broberg, Kjelle Gustad, Bo Sandberg and Palle next to Palle's powerful Hemi engine in 1962. Palle's Hemi was a real hot rod engine, featuring dual 4-port carburetors, producing about 385 horsepowers. This photo was taken at Vendelsö, Sandgropen. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Palle's roadster as it sat in 1963. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
The front of the roadster was lowered by "goosenecking" the frame. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Bo Sandberg testing Palle's rod. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
A photo of Palle's Chevrolet taken in 1964, the evening he and 7 other cars left for the French Riviera.
Palle's Ford at the 1965 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.
Palle's roadster at the 1966 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm. This photo was published in the "Colorod Cavalcade" in Colorod Nr 1 1980. Photo courtesy of Colorod Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Colorod Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from Spoca.se.

1924 Chevrolet roadster owned and built by Palle Eriksson of Stockholm, Sweden. In order to lower the car up front, Palle "goosenecked" the frame. By goosenecking the frame, Palle could sit as a normal person inside the car. A blacksmith that worked for Palle's dad helped Palle weld and fabricate the rod. Palle's roadster was powered by a 392 Chrysler Hemi engine, and it was known as one of the fastest cars in the Stockholm area. In 1963 Palle's roadster was known as the only car that could beat Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford roadster in a street race.[1]

In 1964 Palle drove the car to the French Riviera. 8 cars in total started the trip from Kungens Kurva on a rainy night.[2]


Palle's rod was shown at the first annual Hot Rod Show in Stockholm in 1965, this version was painted Deep Gold Metalflake.[3] It returned for the 1966 show as well with a roof.


Unfortunately, Palle crashed the car in Southern Africa. It flipped over and fell down a cliff.[4] In order to get the deposit money that he had to pay when he brought the car in back, he had to build a new car in Africa. He borrowed a Ford Model T phaeton body from a garage that he used to make a fiberglass mold. The new body was mounted on an Opel chassis before Palle drove it back home to Sweden.[2]


Magazine Featured and Appearances

Colorod Nr 1 1980
Nostalgia 2 1998


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